Vaccine Advisory Committee (VAC)

In 1994, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) established the Vaccine Advisory Committee (VAC) to provide guidance and serve as an advisory body to DOH on appropriate medical recommendations to control vaccine preventable diseases in Washington State.


To provide recommendations to DOH on issues related to the use of vaccines and other medications for the public health response to infectious diseases, and for current management of vaccine-preventable diseases across a person's lifespan.


Current clinical expertise and recommendations provided by health care providers experienced in relevant fields (vaccinology, preventive medicine, vaccine-preventable disease management, pediatrics, infectious disease, epidemiology, internal medicine, and family medicine) will provide guidance to DOH and inform the strategic implementation of vaccine usage and vaccine administration at the clinical level.


This committee shall provide guidance and serve as an advisory body to the Department of Health Chief Science Officer. Clinical issues the committee will address include such topics as vaccine supply shortages and outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease. The committee will meet quarterly. There shall be minutes taken and provided. An agenda will be prepared prior to the meeting.


Meeting room in the Seattle-Tacoma or Tumwater area, or by conference call. Details of the next VAC is available on the meeting page.

Visitor Protocol

This is a public meeting of the Washington State Department of Health. There are approximately 10 minutes at each meeting for public comment. You must register to provide public comment. The conference room for VAC meetings has a capacity limit of 40 people. Visitors may attend on a first come first serve basis until the room reaches capacity.

The VAC asks that visitors observe the following:

  • Register prior to the meeting and indicate the agenda item you wish to comment on.
  • Please speak only when recognized by the Chair.
  • Limit comments to the allotted time. Please note that the Chair may further restrict time allotments if more than five individuals want to speak.
  • Please conduct side conversations outside of the meeting room.
  • Should visitors wish to distribute materials, bring a sufficient number of copies (25) and place on the designated meeting materials table.
  • Designated visitor seating will be marked in the meeting room.
  • Lunch is not provided for visitors, but visitors are welcome to bring their own lunch.